What is an IAG?
08 Dec 2017
So, it’s a few months in to my grad scheme journey and I have in my diary ‘IAG meet in Birmingham’. What is this you might think? One of the many acronyms of the grad scheme. Well, I shall divulge; Inquiry and Application Group. I was still unsure what it meant the night before as I was preparing a few last-minute things, but it is half of our tutor group all meeting up together to discuss how the EGA (Elizabeth Garret Anderson) scheme is going and learning from each other.
We meet with our IAG group a few times a year at a convenient location for all. A convenient location is easier said than done as we are scattered all over the country! Birmingham wasn’t too far for me living in Sheffield and I met a few of the other trainees at the train station and we found our way together.
The day consisted of catching up, seeing how everyone was getting on with their first assignments (some better than others!), a walk-through of the next module and going through reviews of some of the leadership literature around what constitutes quality patient care which we had all prepared. Despite the long day, it was great to catch up with some of the other trainees and discuss any issues we might have been having.
There is no denying the scheme is demanding, especially fitting in these educational components alongside a full-time job; but getting together for IAG’s is a great way to know that you are not alone in this process and everyone is going through the same stresses you are! We are currently deciding where to meet for our next one in March and I am hoping it may be a shorter journey for me next time…